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Seb. Do I stand there! I never had a brother :
Vio. Of Meffaline : Sebastian was my father ;
A fpirit I am, indeed;
Vio. My father had a mole upon his brow.
Vis. And died that day when Viola froin her birth
Seb. O, that reco'rd is lively in my foul!
Vio. If nothing lets to make us happy both,
(To OLIVIA. But nature to her bias drew in that, You would have been contracted to a maid;
Nor 4 i. e, out of charity, tell me, &c. STEEVINS. 5 I believe our author wrote occurrents. MALONE.
Nor are you therein, by my life, deceiv'd,
Duke. Be not amaz’d; right noble is his blood.
Vio. And all those sayings will I over-swear ;
Give me thy hand;
Vio. The captain, that did bring me first on shore,
Oli. He shall enlarge him :- Fetch Malvolio hither :-
Re-enter Clown, with a letter. A most extracting frenzy 6 of mine own From my remembrance clearly banilh'd his.How does he, sirrah?
Clo. Truly, inadam, he holds Belzebub at the stave's end, as well as a man in his case may do: he has here writ a letter to you, I fhould have given it you to-day morning; but as a madman's epistles are no gospels, so it skills not much, when they are delivered.
Oli. Open it, and read it.
Clo. Look then to be well edified, when the fool delivers the madman.-By the Lord, madam,
Oli. How now! art thou mad?
Clo. No, madam, I do but read madness: an your ladyship will have it as it ought to be, you must allow vox.?
Qli. bi.e. a frenzy that drew me away from every thing but its own object.
WARBURTUN. ? I am by no means certain that I understand this passage, which, in
Oli. Pr'ythee, read i'thy right wits.
Clo. So 'I do, madonna; but to read his right wits, is to read thus : therefore perpend, my princess, and give ear. Oli. Read it you, firrah.
[TO FABIAN. Fab. (reads.] By the Lord, madam, you wrong me, and the worlà shall know it: though you have put me into darkness, and given your drunken cousin rule over me, yet have I the benefit of my senses as well as your ladyship. I have your own letter that induced me to the semblance I put on; with the which I doubt not but to do myself much right, or you much Jame. Think of me as you please. I leave my duty a little anthought of, and speak out of my injury.
The madly-used Malvolio, Oli. Did he write this? Clo. Ay, madam. Duke. This favours not much of distraction, Oli. See him deliver'd, Fabian; bring him hither.
[Exit FABIAN. My lord, so please you, these things further thought on, To think me as well a fifter as a wife, One day shall crown the alliance on't, so please you,9 Here at my house, and at my proper coft. Duke. Madam, I am moft apt to embrace your offer.
Your deed, the author of The Revisal pronounces to have no meaning. I suppose the Clown begins reading the letter in some fantastical manner, on which Olivia asks him, if be is mad. No, madam, says he, I do but barely deliver the sense of this madman's epiftle; if you would bave it read as it ougbe to be, that is, with such a frantic accent and gesture as a madmas would read it, you must allow vox, i. e. you must furnish the reader with a voice, or, in other words, read it yourself. But Mr. Malone's explanation, I think, is preferable to mine. STEEVENS.
The Clown, we may presume, had begun to read the letter in a very loud tone, and probably with extravagant gesticulation. Being repri. manded by his mistress, he justifies himself by saying, If you would best it read in chara&ter, as fucb a mad epifle ougbt to be read, you must permit was 80 asume a frantick tone. MALONE.
8 To reprefent his present state of mind, is to read a madman's letter, as I now do, like a madman. JOHNSON. 9 The word on't, in this place, is mere nonfenfe. I doubt not the poet
an't, so please you. HEATH. This is well conjectured; but on's may relate to the double character of fifter and wife. Johnson.
Your master quits you ; [To VIOLA.] and, for your service
shall from this time be
A fifter --you are she.
Re-enter FABIAN, and MALVOLIO.
Ay, my lord, this fame :
Madam, you have done me wrong;
Have I, Malvolio? no.
put on yellow stockings, and to frown
Oli. Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing,
And 2 So much against the weak frame and constitution of woman. Mettle is used by our author in many other places for spirit; and as spirit may be either high or low, mettle seems here to fignify natural timidity, or deficiency of spirit. MALONE. 3 People of less dignity or importance. JOHNSON,
-geck,] A fool. JOHNSON,
And now I do bethink me, it was the
Good madam, hear me speak;
Oli. Alas, poor fool! how have they baffled thee?
Clo. Why, some are born great, fome atchieve greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them.
I was one, fir, in this interlude; one fir Topas, fir; but that's al one ;--- By the Lord, fool, I am not mad;-But do you, remember? 9 Madam, why laugh you at such a barren
Si. e. then, that thou cam't in smiling. MALONE.
I believe the lady means only what she had clearly expressed: " then thou cameft in smiling ;" not that she has been informed of this circumstance by Maria.' Maria's account, in short, was justified by the subsequent appearance of Malvolio. STEEVENS.
Presupposod, for imposed. WARBURTON. Presuppos'd rather seems to mean previously pointed out for thy imitation; or such as it was supposed thou would'it allume after thou hadit read the letter. The supposition was previous to the act. STEEVENS. 9 Surely we should rather read-conceiu'd in him. TYRWHITT.
Importance is importunacy, imfortunement. STEEVENS.